All aboard for the 3rd annual Napanee Valley Railroad model train show – Kingston News
The 3rd Annual Grand Napanee Valley Railway Model Train Show took place in the Napanee Fair Grounds Arena this weekend to the delight of train enthusiasts of all ages.
“It’s been pretty busy so far, at 10 am this morning they were lined up outside waiting to get in,” says John Woolhead, who has run the model train show since its launch in 2019. Unfortunately, after all the The organization and publicity that goes in a model train show had already been done, the show had to be canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Woolhead, who got his first model train at the age of seven, is a proud member of the Picton Model Railroaders and the Associated Railroaders of Kingston. There is currently no club in Napanee but Woolhead is running the show with the help of his friends and volunteers and the generous support of local sponsors.
The exhibit features 16,500 square feet of model railroad enthusiasts displaying their imaginative layouts, as well as vendors selling everything a model railroad enthusiast can imagine, from the smallest flowers for your faux garden to gold-plated locomotives. .
Train layouts consist of hand-made models as well as store-bought buildings and cars. Layouts can feature meticulous recreations of real places or fictional worlds straight out of the railroader’s imagination.
For example, Jim Burchell’s whimsical “Gobblers Knob Maple Sugar Mine” presents a fantastic story. “In a few remote areas of Canada, like Gobbler’s Knob, maple sugar can be extracted where ancient, first-generation maple forests once grew,” the sign reads.
The layout depicts a “Maple Sugar Mine”, a corporate store where maple sugar products are manufactured and sold, and the hamlet of “Gobblers Knob”. Unfortunately, the train won’t be leaving anytime soon unless the “incompetent track crew figure out how to fix the switch” so that “the train will leave for other markets to the south.”
All of the buildings, “critters” and rolling stock in this model are built from the ground up, using metal, wood, paint, and even weeds and kitty litter.
John Woolhead has three exhibits, one of which is a meticulous recreation of the Napanee Viaduct and Springside Park. The viaduct was originally built and funded by the British Grand Trunk Railroad to cross the Napanee River Valley on its main line to Montreal. The real thing is constructed from hewn limestone and is 382 feet in length.
The Woolhead Bridge and Springside Park model shows the bridge as it was in the early 1900s before reconstruction work on the bridge in the late 1960s when CN added concrete to the piers and arches . The model of the park shows the original roads of Bridge Street, Dundas Street and Camden Road, as they were before the construction of the current Curved Highway Bridge, which was built in the early 1950s. The model of the bridge is 11 feet in height long and has been hand carved from white pine.
The Napanee Valley Railroad Model Train Show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday September 18 and Sunday 19. A 4th annual show is already scheduled for September 2022. Take exit 579 from the 401, head south on 2 km to rue Thomas then turn west for 1 km to the exhibition center.